Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain lies
18 kilometers north of the town of Lijiang Naxi Autonomous
County. The scenery can be divided into four kinds: the
alpine snow area scenery, the water scenery, the forest
scenery and the meadow scenery.
The alpine snow area scenery refers
to the scenery 4,000 meters above sea level. The main peak
Shanzidou, 5,569 meters high, together with the other 13
peaks which run 35 kilometers from the south to the north,
look like a giant crystal jade dragon and thus get the name
of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The glacier, which is
the most southerly of the glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere
and the seas of snow spread all over the mountain.
The water scenery mainly refers to
the scenery along the banks of the Baishui River, the Heishui
River and more than ten pools and springs at the foot of
the eastern part of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
The forest scenery varies with the
change of elevation.
The meadow scenery is the alpine meadows scattering from
south to north in Dielu(Deer Falling) Level Ground, Ganhaizi(Sweet
Water) Level Ground, Yunshan(Yunnan Spruce) Level Ground,
and Maoniu(Yak) Level Ground accordingly.